Phnom Penh: A fire that burned through a Cambodian hotel-casino has killed at least 10 people and injured 30 others, police said on Thursday.
Videos posted on social media showed people apparently jumping out of windows after being trapped by the fire at the Grand Diamond City Casino and Hotel in the border town of Poipet. Thailand’s public broadcaster reported that dozens of Thais were trapped inside.
The fire, which started around midnight Wednesday (about 4 a.m. AEDT) and was under control, officials said.
At least 10 people were killed and another 30 injured, some seriously, said Major General Sithi Loh, police chief in Banteay Meanchey province.
He said 360 emergency responders and 11 fire engines were dispatched to the scene and rescue teams were searching for victims.
Sithi Loh said the cause of the fire is not yet known. The casino employed about 400 workers.
Thai PBS reported that 50 Thais, both employees and customers, were trapped in the complex. It was reported that Cambodian authorities were seeking help fighting the blaze from neighboring Thailand, which dispatched five fire engines and 10 ambulances.
Poipet’s casinos are very popular with short-term visitors from Thailand, where gambling is illegal and unlicensed casinos operate underground.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/fire-at-casino-hotel-on-cambodia-thai-border-kills-and-injures-dozens-20221229-p5c9d8.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_world Dozens dead and injured at Grand Diamond City Casino and Hotel in Poipet on the Thai border